Force India boss Vijay Mallya has set his sights on more success in Europe after his team’s impressive start to the season in the flyaway rounds.
The Silverstone based outfit has achieved 54 points from four races and currently sits third in the Constructors’ Championship standings. He says that the team can be very happy with their performances so far and it puts them in a great position to potentially enjoy further success.
“I think we can feel extremely satisfied with our performance during the first four races,” he said. “We’ve been in the points in every race, Sergio [Pérez] has been on the podium and Nico [Hülkenberg] has finished no lower than sixth place.
“We’ve already scored 70% of the total points we scored in 2013 and that puts us in a fantastic position to potentially enjoy our best season to date.”
Mallya is hopeful that the team will continue to maintain its competitive form with its VJM-07’s at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend for the Spanish Grand Prix and in the upcoming races ahead.
“It’s encouraging that we have performed well across a wide range of circuits, so I’m optimistic that we can maintain our competitive form in Barcelona. China has never been an especially strong track for us, so to come away with ten points was a very good effort,” he added.
“We also expect our car to perform better in warmer conditions and there are some upcoming races that will play more to our strengths.
“At the same time we know that Formula One never stands still and Barcelona is always a pivotal moment in the development race, but I’m optimistic we can keep up our momentum.”
Earlier this week, the team showcased new sidepod signage from the Smirnoff vodka group, the brand owned by Diageo spirits, which has a shareholding in Mallya’s United Breweries Group.
While in essence this represents more of a cross-promotional marketing exercise, Mallya is optimistic of getting more external sponsors on board.
“It’s an exciting time for us. Smirnoff is another global brand keen to be part of our journey and ready to take advantage of the marketing power offered by Formula One. The partnership means we have now signed ten new partners in the last six months and that has made a vital contribution to our competitiveness this year.”